Professor Guy Kahane

Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Professor of Moral Philosophy

Detailed Biography

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Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy


Director of Studies and Research Fellow, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford.

Course Director, MSt in Practical Ethics, University of Oxford.

Associate Editor, the Journal of Practical Ethics.

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Research interests

Kahane works in ethics, both theoretical and applied, and also conducts ‘experimental philosophy’ research into the neuroscience, psychology and evolutionary basis of human morality. Some of his work addresses practical ethical challenges arising from technological and scientific advances such as genetic engineering and neural interventions that may radically enhance human capacities. He has also written on nihilism, humanity’s cosmic significance, counterfactual history and whether we should want God to exist.


Kahane, G. Evolutionary Debunking Arguments, in Noûs, 45, 1: 103-125, 2011.

Kahane, G. 2011. Should We Want God To Exist?, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 82: 3 774-696.

Kahane, G., K. Wiech, N. Shackel, M. Farias, J. Savulescu and I. Tracey, 2012. The Neural Basis of Intuitive and Counterintuitive Moral Judgement, Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 7, 4: 393-402.

Kahane, G. 2013. The Armchair and the Trolley, Philosophical Studies, 162, 2: 421-445.

Kahane, G. 2014. Evolution and Impartiality, Ethics, 124,2, 327-341.

Kahane, G. 2014. Our Cosmic Insignificance, Noûs, 48, 4: 745-772.

Kahane, G., Everett, J., Earp, B., Farias, M. and Savulescu, J., 2015. ‘Utilitarian’ Judgment in Sacrificial Dilemmas Does Not Reflect Impartial Concern for the Greater Good, Cognition, 134: 193-209.

Kahane, G. 2017. If Nothing Matters, Noûs, 51, 2: 327-353.

Kahane, G., 2018. Everett, J., Earp, B., Caviola, L., Faber, N., Crockett, M., Savulescu, J. Beyond Sacrificial Harm: A Two-Dimensional Model of Utilitarian Psychology, The Psychological Review, 125: 131-164.

Kahane, G. 2019. History and Persons, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 99, 1: 162-187.

Savulescu, J. Kahane, G. and Gyngell, C., 2019. ‘From Public Preferences to Ethical Policy’, Nature: Human Behaviour, 3: 1241-1243.

Everett, J. and Kahane, G. 2020. ‘Switching Tracks: A Multi-Dimensional Model of Utilitarian Psychology’, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 24, 2: 124-134.

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